Does a full moon make people become looney? People are deeply fascinated with abnormal behavior and desire to understand why people do things that seem unusual. When individuals seek an understanding of abnormal behavior, they are often attempting to answer questions about others or themselves. While there is an appeal to observe abnormal behavior, people generally want to do so from a safe distance. Movies satisfy this interest to glimpse at abnormality from the safety of our home or a movie theatre, however, many movies and other media sources appear to strongly promote myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about abnormality.
- Ever wonder what was going on with Willy Wonka?
- Do forensic psychologists profile criminals like on the crime television shows?
- Are people with psychological disorders likely to be violent or commit murder?
- Can people really think they lose functioning in their limbs, like Ricky Bobby?
- Have most psychologists experienced some past trauma or psychological disorder?
Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies provides readers with the fundamental components needed to understand abnormal behavior and to challenge myths. The foundations are a concise version of Abnormal Psychology: Myths of “Crazy”. If you are ready to develop an understanding of abnormal behavior and reconsider the myths perpetuated within popular culture, then open up this book and dig in, to begin establishing (or deconstructing) your foundation.
Chapter One Understanding Abnormality: A Look at “Crazy”
Chapter Two Theory Informs Treatment
Chapter Three Assessment and Diagnosis
Chapter Four The Value of Research: A Good Consumer
Chapter Five Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies